About Perry County MO
Perry County is a county located in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,971. Its county seat is Perryville. The county was officially organized on November 16, 1820 (effective January 1, 1821) from Ste. Genevieve County and was named after Oliver Hazard Perry, a naval hero of the War of 1812.
Shaped like a camel’s hump, Perry County consists of 471 square miles (1,200 km) that fit neatly into a wedge created by the confluence of Apple Creek and the Mississippi River. Topographically, it is divided into lowlands and uplands. The lowlands comprise about one-eighth of the county and lie for the most part along the river. In the northeastern corner is the Bois Brule Bottom, meaning Burnt Wood, the most extensive tract of lowland, approximately 15 miles (24 km) long and up to 5 miles (8 km) wide. Its rich soil, coupled with its size, makes it the most productive farmland in the county. Smaller in size but still important is the Brazeau Bottom on the Mississippi River below Cape Cinque Hommes and the bottom situated near the mouth of Apple Creek.
The Uplands constitutes the largest part of the county and its topography varies greatly. The best parts of it are in the central area where the soil is generally good and the terrain nearly level or gently rolling. Rolling uplands surround this central section and are bounded by the Saline Hills to the west and the Mississippi River Hills and Bluffs to the east and northeast.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 484 square miles (1,250 km), of which 474 square miles (1,230 km) is land and 9.8 square miles (25 km) (2.0%) is water. It is located across the Mississippi River from Illinois.
As of the census of 2000, there were 18,132 people, 6,904 households, and 4,957 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 7,815 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.21% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Approximately 0.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 6,904 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.50% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the county, the population was spread out with 26.00% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $44,264, and the median income for a family was $53,034. Males had a median income of $28,337 versus $19,720 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,066. About 5.20% of families and 9.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.90% of those under age 18 and 13.20% of those age 65 or over.
Unlike many rural counties in southeastern Missouri, Perry County is an exception to the Bible Belt, with Roman Catholicism being the majority religion, according to the Association of Religion Data Archives County Membership Report (2000). Among residents in Perry County who adhere to a religion, 60.33% are Roman Catholics, 29.72% are Lutherans, and 4.94% are Southern Baptists.
Perry County has the second highest percentage of Catholics of any county in the state of Missouri behind only Osage County, Missouri. Perry County also has the second highest percentage of Lutherans of any county in the state of Missouri behind only Atchison County, Missouri.
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Perry County Missouri neighborhoods include: Agency, Altenburg, Amazonia, Anabel, Anderson, Arbyrd, Archie, Arnold, Asbury, Ash Grove, Ashland, Atlanta, Aurora, Ava, Avilla, Ballwin, Barnard, Barnett, Barnhart, Bates City, Battlefield, Bellflower, Belton, Bethany, Bevier, Billings, Birmingham, Blackwater, Blackwell, Blairstown, Bloomsdale, Blue Eye, Blue Springs, Blythedale, Bois D Arc, Bolckow, Bonne Terre, Boonville, Bourbon, Bradleyville, Branson, Brashear, Brighton, Brookline, Brumley, Bruner, Buckner, Bunceton, Burfordville, Burlington Junction, Butler, Byrnes Mill, Cainsville, Calhoun, California, Callao, Camden Point, Camdenton, Campbell, Cape Fair, Cape Girardeau, Cardwell, Carl Junction, Carterville, Carthage, Caruthersville, Catawissa, Cedarcreek, Cedar Hill, Centertown, Centerview, Centralia, Chadwick, Chaffee, Cherryville, Chesterfield, Chestnutridge, Chilhowee, Clarence, Clark, Clarksburg, Clarksdale, Clarkton, Clearmont, Cleveland, Clever, Clinton, Clyde, Cole Camp, Columbia, Conception, Conception Junction, Concordia, Conway, Cook Sta, Cosby, Country Club, Crane, Creighton, Crocker, Crystal City, Cuba, Daisy, Davisville, Dearborn, Deepwater, Defiance, De Kalb, Delta, De Soto, Des Peres, Devils Elbow, Diamond, Dittmer, Dixon, Drexel, Eagleville, Easton, Edgerton, Eldon, Eldridge, Elmer, Elmo, Elsberry, Eolia, Ethel, Eugene, Eureka, Everton, Excello, Excelsior Springs, Fair Grove, Falcon, Faucett, Fenton, Ferguson, Festus, Fillmore, Fletcher, Florence, Florissant, Foley, Fordland, Foristell, Forsyth, Fortuna, Freeman, Freistatt, Friedheim, Frohna, Galena, Garden City, Garrison, Gibbs, Gilman City, Gladstone, Gobler, Golden City, Goodman, Gower, Graham, Grain Valley, Grandview, Grant City, Gravois Mills, Green Castle, Green Ridge, Greentop, Greenwood, Grovespring, Grubville, Guilford, Hallsville, Harrisburg, Harrisonville, Hartsburg, Hatfield, Hawk Point, Hayti, Helena, Henley, Herculaneum, Higginsville, Highlandville, High Ridge, Hillsboro, Holcomb, Holden, Hollister, Holt, Hopkins, Hornersville, House Springs, Hurdland, Hurley, Iberia, Imperial, Independence, Jackson, Jane, Jasper, Jefferson City, Joplin, Kaiser, Kansas City, Kearney, Kennett, Kimberling City, King City, Kingsville, Kirbyville, Kirksville, Kirkwood, Kissee Mills, Knob Noster, La Grange, Lake Lotawana, Lake Ozark, Lake Tapawingo, Lake Winnebago, Lampe, Lanagan, La Plata, Laquey, La Russell, Lawson, Leasburg, Lebanon, Lees Summit, Leeton, Liberal, Liberty, Lohman, Lone Jack, Lynchburg, Macon, Malden, Manchester, Marionville, Marshfield, Martinsville, Maryland Heights, Maryville, Mc Clurg, Merriam Woods Village, Meta, Middletown, Miller, Millersville, Mindenmines, Monett, Montrose, Mora, Mosby, Moscow Mills, Mount Vernon, Napoleon, Nelson, New Boston, New Cambria, New Hampton, Niangua, Nixa, Noel, Novinger, Oak Grove, Oak Ridge, Odessa, O Fallon, Old Appleton, Oldfield, Old Monroe, Olean, Olney, Oran, Oronogo, Orrick, Osage Beach, Otterville, Owensville, Ozark, Pacific, Parkville, Parnell, Peculiar, Perryville, Pevely, Phillipsburg, Pickering, Pierce City, Pilot Grove, Pineville, Plato, Platte City, Pleasant Hill, Pleasant Hope, Pleasant Valley, Ponce De Leon, Portageville, Potosi, Powell, Powersite, Prairie Home, Princeton, Protem, Randolph, Ravenwood, Raymore, Raytown, Rea, Reeds, Reeds Spring, Republic, Richland, Ridgedale, Ridgeway, Riverside, Robertsville, Rocheport, Rockaway Beach, Rocky Comfort, Rocky Mount, Rogersville, Rolla, Rosendale, Rueter, Rushville, Russellville, Saddlebrooke, Saint Charles, Saint Elizabeth, Saint James, Saint Joseph, Saint Louis, Saint Mary, Saint Peters, Saint Robert, Saint Thomas, Salem, Sarcoxie, Savannah, Sedalia, Senath, Seymour, Shell Knob, Sibley, Silex, Skidmore, Smithton, Smithville, South West City, Sparta, Spokane, Springfield, Stanberry, Steele, Steelville, Stella, St Joseph, Stotts City, Stoutland, Stover, Strafford, Sturgeon, Sugar Creek, Sullivan, Sunrise Beach, Sweet Springs, Syracuse, Taneyville, Theodosia, Tiff City, Tipton, Trimble, Troy, Truxton, Tunas, Tuscumbia, Ulman, Union Star, Uniontown, University City, Urich, Valles Mines, Valley Park, Verona, Versailles, Viburnum, Village Of Loch Lloyd, Walnut Grove, Walnut Shade, Wardell, Warrensburg, Warrenton, Warsaw, Wayland, Waynesville, Webb City, Webster Groves, Wentworth, Wentzville, Wesco, Weston, Whiteman Air Force Base, Whitewater, Wildwood, Willard, Windsor, Windyville, Winfield, Wooldridge, Wright City
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